This poem is for the rhinos and in particular for the Northern White Rhino of which as of 19th March 2018 there are only two females remaining. In reality both are past breeding age, but I have tried to imagine that one is still small in this poem. The picture is of Southern White Rhino in captivity since so many are being poached out as you read.
Look at me Mum, look at me
Playing in the water with my pal, Jo
You said we were the last, just a moment ago
Females all in a world that’s so
Amazing that the Two Legs want it
All to themselves!
But look what they’ve given us
Water to drink and now a lovely friend, I think,
Who follows me around the waterhole
You know she is so very droll
She’s upside-down and topsy turvy
But don’t you think she’s rather curvy and so
Maybe too amazing and the Two Legs will want her
All to themselves.
Mum, mum you keep on munching
The grass they left you for our lunching
But I really do want you to play
Daddy used to, but he’s gone away.
That night we heard the bangs and the groans,
Smelled the blood and the horrible diesel fumes,
Smelled the Two Legs’ sweaty, animal stench
Heard the babble and squeak of their horrid tones.
Dad was amazing – so amazing!
So smart and so handsome
You said that the Two Legs wanted him all for themselves.
You seem so sad since he’s been gone
And since we were captured and brought to this place.
I know you tell me that we seem safe
We’ve food and we’ve water all provided
But being alone is oh so boring.
Ålone, the last two of our kind on earth today
But we’ll be safe won’t we from the ones with guns?
Fed and watered in captivity
But unable to do normal activity.
Mum, tell me they won’t take you as well,
You’re precious to me and life would be hell
With just me – just me and me alone
And the Two Legs out there
Pretending to help when all they’ve done
Is kill and massacre ’til we’re alone
And they have won and taken the earth
And all it’s animals all for themselves,
With no thought for the future
Just war and destruction against….
All creatures that on earth do dwell
They’ll extinguish all, both great and small
Everyone, themselves as well.
Words and photo copyright to Englepip©